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6 BYOD Security Best Practices

6 BYOD Security Best Practices

6 BYOD Security Best Practices

Bring Your Own Device, commonly known as BYOD, and cloud computing are changing the way we use technology in the workplace. Sixty percent of businesses currently use a BYOD model, and forecasters suggest that number will rise to 90 percent by 2014. Fifty-four percent of American companies also use public or private cloud computing systems. Separately, these innovations can offer real benefits, but when their powers combine great things can happen.

Creating a Secure Enterprise Workspace

Businesses that once resisted the BYOD/PC trend are realizing that there are many benefits to letting people use their own laptops and handheld devices, including reduced capital costs and increased user productivity. However, meeting the growing expectations for BYOD/PC and ensuring its success require a combination of policies, technology, and processes.  This white paper covers best practices for creating a BYOD/PC program that delivers real productivity and cost reduction benefits while minimizing risk exposure.

– Learn security-related issues to address when planning a BYOD/PC program
– Learn possible roadblocks for implementing a successful BYOD/PC program
– Learn proven best practices for addressing legal and HR issues around BYOD/PC programs

 

3 Recommended Whitepapers: “Propel Your Partners Into The Cloud”

3 Recommended Whitepapers: “Propel Your Partners Into The Cloud”

3 Recommended Whitepapers: “Propel Your Partners Into The Cloud”

We have included 3 recommended research assets to help you make more informed decisions on vendor selection as well as partnership selection consideration.

Propel Your Partners into the Cloud

cloud-propelEmpower and Incentivize Partner Success in the Age of Cloud Computing

A majority of channel partners are paranoid and confused by the prospects of business in the cloud. Many even see it as a real threat to a business model that has been productive and profitable for decades. With a sea full of skeptical partners and a lot of business up for grabs, vendors who act strategically, gather the right partners, and respond to their concerns and needs, will win both wallet and mind share.

Our eBook will help you understand your partners’ concerns like:

– Lack of training
– Cloud specific business model planning
– Need for support, incentives, and partner collaboration

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CRM Comparison Chart

Get the latest buyer data on 30 hosted and on-premise CRM solutions.

Your sales and marketing teams can take advantage of powerful features available with today’s top CRM solutions. We’re here to help you choose with the very latest vendor data. This CRM Comparison Chart details the top 30 hosted and on-premise CRM solutions in one easy-to-use spreadsheet. Your data gathering work is done with one quick download.This comparison chart details:

-Sales Force Automation features
-Marketing features
-Pricing

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Enterprise ERP Vendors Comparison Chart

Newly updated November 2013, compare 40+ ERP solutions.

Selecting an ERP system is no easy undertaking. You have to select and configure a system that fits your exact business needs. Getting it right means a myriad of benefits, from increased productivity to reduced costs. Getting it wrong can be a quagmire. Our new Comparison Chart gives you the data you need to make an informed decision.The very latest data from all the big players for enterprise ERP are represented here: SAP, Oracle, Sage… the list goes on.

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Cloud Computing 2014: Five Cloud Trends To Look For

Cloud Computing 2014: Five Cloud Trends To Look For

Cloud Computing 2014: Five Cloud Trends To Look For

All tech giants are aiming at cloud computing as the cloud landscape is all set to dominate the technological world. As mentioned on NY Times, the biggest tech giants including IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are expected to invest $1 billion annually in cloud computing in the upcoming years. cloud-looking-ahead

all the companies are developing knowledge through their cloud services of how to run truly huge Internet-based computing systems — systems that may soon be nearly impossible for other companies to match

It is evident that 2014 will see some of the biggest players in the IT industry trying to develop high-end cloud computing applications. The consumers can expect an increase in platform independent services in the near future. Some of the expected trends in 2014 are discussed in brief.

1. Development in web-powered apps sector: Some of the most noticeable features of cloud computing involves the scalability and efficiency it offers. In 2014, we can expect development of new web-powered apps with platform independence as their key feature. According to the chief executive of SoftLayer, cloud-computing company, IBM will put more than 40 infrastructure services including mobile applications development and big data analysis as their cloud computing offerings.

2. Hybrid cloud will be the key: The future belongs to hybrid clouds with the security of private cloud and scalability of public cloud services. Hybrid cloud will offer affordable infrastructure to small-scale enterprises and custom solutions for big data analytics.

3. Development in security policies: There is no doubt about the seamless accessibility, convenience, and flexibility offered by cloud. However, it poses a serious threat to the security of information and its use by the service providers. In 2014, there will be a development in security measures and policies.

4. Platform will be a driving force: As mentioned on Forbes, “companies will not only look for broader cloud business process suites as described above, but they will also expect these applications to look and perform similarly, and interact with one another seamlessly.” Companies will look out for cloud-based applications that can unify their information and apps through a single data model.

5. Industrial Internet might take off: Industrial Internet will reach the real-time industrial processes and reduce the inefficiencies with smart data. Industries will be able to use real-time data for improving their processes and use the information to take action. Cloud computing will play a key role in creating intelligent machines with a central controllability.

By Walter Bailey

3 Recommended Whitepapers: “Keeping Secrets – Good Password Practice”

3 Recommended Whitepapers: “Keeping Secrets – Good Password Practice”

3 Recommended Whitepapers: “Keeping Secrets – Good Password Practice”

Cloud security and password protection is big business. Today we have provided 3 recommended research papers to read over this week which goes alongside today’s infographic.

pass-robo“Enterprise Password Management – A Guide for Best Practices”

Learn how using RoboForm Enterprise is an easy, secure, and practical solution to common password management challenges.

An effective enterprise password management approach increases security without decreasing productivity or increasing costs. It’s essential to create a solution that your employees will actually follow and use. RoboForm Enterprise is a unique solution that allows your organization to use stronger password management practices without compromising security or increasing costs. The deployment is easy, takes minutes instead of months, and can be fully tested prior to deployment. We’ve taken away all the risks.

This white paper: describes appropriate password standards, explores the potential negative consequences of “password inflation,” contrasts the various methods of dealing with Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO), and, describes an alternative approach to SSO (RoboForm Enterprise).

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password-securityStop Password Sprawl with SaaS Single Sign-On via Active Directory

In this white paper you’ll see how you can leverage your existing Active Directory investment to stop password sprawl, save resources, and become an IT hero to your users.

Organizations are rushing to SaaS in an effort to move business initiatives along faster, fueled in part by BYOD trends. In so doing, users are being required to manage even more accounts and passwords, leading to frustration and loss of productivity. In addition, executives and IT managers are realizing that SaaS adoption has hidden costs and security risks.

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“Keeping Secrets: Good Password Practice”

The password remains one of the most susceptible components of even the most advanced security system.

Alternative and supplementary forms of authentication have become far more common (and affordable), but the humble password remains the somewhat crumbling gatehouse to many a security structure. Learn how to tighten the weakest link of your security system.

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By Walter Bailey

3 Big Data Whitepapers: Big Data Turns Labor Information Into Gold

3 Big Data Whitepapers: Big Data Turns Labor Information Into Gold

3 Big Data Whitepapers: Big Data Turns Labor Information Into Gold

Big Data has been a hot topic on CloudTweaks for awhile now. Areas such as managing, securing, analyzing and extracting Big Data have all been discussed and illustrated through a number of articles and infographics. Today we have provided 3 recommended research papers to read over the weekend.

 

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“The Truth About Big Data

Big Data is all the rage today. There’s a lot of buzz about how it will transform your business with diagnostics and dashboards distributed directly to business users.

The truth is someday Big Data will do just that… if your organization can clear a few hurdles in getting it under control. This booklet is designed to get you out in front of the challenge of managing The Truth About Big Data in your organization and unravel the myths behind what Big Data is and the management solutions that will work to unlock its value.

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The Top Five Ways to Get Started with Big Databid-data-2

Despite the increased focus on big data over the past few years, most organizations are still talking about what big data is rather than focusing on what problems big data can address.

With such high-stakes costs and opportunities, the market is primed for big data solutions. In a recent study conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value in collaboration with the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, respondents were asked to describe the level of big data activities in their organizations today. The results suggest four main stages of big data adoption and progression along a continuum: Educate, Explore, Engage and Execute.

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Big Data Turns Labor Information into Gold

Transform the vast amounts of your existing labor information into important business value with these big data strategies.

Today, manufacturers are surrounded by the buzz about Big Data — as well as by the flood of information it represents. Why should they care? The answer is that a Big Data strategy creates opportunities to transform existing information about their workforce into business value. With the right data collection, analysis, and action, manufacturers can turn everyday data “straw” into information “gold.”

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By Walter Bailey

Symantec Report Keeps Cloud Users Security-Savvy

Symantec Report Keeps Cloud Users Security-Savvy

Symantec Report Keeps Cloud Users Security-Savvy

Users of cloud services can easily fall foul of complacency.  With all personal data held on cloud servers, there is a strong temptation to worry less about threats to our device.  But for as long as we use devices for authentication and access to our cloud accounts, a threat to a device means a threat to our cloud-stored data.  This is why each time Symantec releases a new intelligence report, the wiser cloud users take notice.  cybercrime-report

This white paper presents an essential overview of web-born dangers aimed at everyone from IT security personnel down to everyday computer users.  With so much of the threat landscape still based on human deception and manipulation, knowledge remains the single most effective form of protection.  The Symantec intelligence report puts in one place all the things we need to know to stay safe from attack.

The latest publication, containing digested data up to September 2013, addresses a wide scope of security threats:  Targeted Attacks, Social Media and Data Breaches, Mobile Threats, Software-based Vulnerabilities, Spam, Phishing and Malware.

One worrying new horizon that has emerged is that after a low-threat August, September saw a 20% resurgence in new security vulnerabilities.  Cybercriminals were not being beaten back, it would seem: they were simply on holiday.

The given statistics for mobile-based attacks were even more troubling – a steady rise of malware variants is evident in the last twelve months (now numbering over 7,000), with a 55% jump in new variants from July to September.  In short, it has never been more important to access cloud data from a carefully-secured mobile device.

The threats are not at all limited to the public domain.  Businesses and those representing them face targeted hacking attacks that shift focus with alarming speed.  No longer is it small manufacturing companies that are the primary target of Intellectual Property cyberthieves: companies with fewer than 250 employees do still attract 48% of all new attacks on organizations, but it is now the service sector which is the most under-threat industry. Companies delivering professional services now account for 22.2% of all attacks, with public administration organisations drawing in 19.2% of the fire.

What specific lessons can cloud users take from the report?  Symantec’s motivation for the publication is to raise awareness of the scale and form of threats occurring and to encourage protection by relating how today’s attacks are carried out.  By staying abreast of the security exploits laid out in the report, and heeding the given predictions, users of cloud services can make educated choices about the devices, applications and security precautions they employ when interacting with their cloud accounts.  Judging by the high proportion of attacks that small firms are gathering, another lesson might be to trust the large cloud providers sooner than the small.

By Gill-Chris Welles

Why The Cloud Is Emerging As A Leader In Employee And Partner Training

Why The Cloud Is Emerging As A Leader In Employee And Partner Training

Why the Cloud is Emerging as a Leader in Employee and Partner Training

Employee training is an art not yet perfected. The days of sitting in a classroom and getting lectured about the company product/s are over. Technology is revolutionizing the way companies are able to train employees and channel partners. Videos, documents, webpages, photos and other training material can be accessed through the cloud to enable a smoother training process. Not only is the cloud a place for managers to train, but they also have the ability to set standards for their employees and partners.

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Nowadays, we are growing up as more independent individuals than ever before and there has been a shift towards self-service in all aspects of life. Grocery store self-checkout suppliers predict growth of 84% over the next 5 years. Powerful banks such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and USAA now allow you to deposit a check just by taking a photo on your smartphone. Employee training has also entered this era. The cloud provides a platform in which employees and resellers can learn on their own and at a pace they feel comfortable with. They don’t have to show up at a certain time and follow a designated path. These people know better than anyone else what they need more training on. With all of this information up in the cloud, they can spend more time on what is important to their own unique learning needs. As an extension of this shift to self-service, the cloud is a training mechanism that provides an individualized experience.

Anywhere, Anytime

Employees and resellers may travel, work from home, work at a different location or be meeting with a client. Wherever they may be, it’s important that they are always prepared. The ability to access material anywhere and at anytime is becoming a necessity. With use of the cloud, employees and partners are able to pull up information at the touch of their fingertips and from any device. The cloud stores their valuable resources so that whenever there is a question, it can be answered on the spot. We’re all busy and the cloud enables us to keep our flexibility.

Highly Secure

Most businesses need the utmost privacy for their training files. There could be confidential information, passwords, unreleased press coverage and many other materials that need to be kept secure. On the managers’ single machine, these files could be damaged and lost forever. In the cloud, they can’t be. With better privacy settings and less infringing Terms of Service Agreements, companies using cloud software to train employees and channel partners are in good hands. The training manager will have permissions over content in the cloud so only the people that need to see material will have the ability to access it.

Expectations Made Clear

By placing training material up in the cloud, managers have the ability to track who is most engaged, thereby setting an activity threshold. If an employee or partner isn’t performing up-to-speed it’s easy to get to the root of the problem. The manager expects all of his/her content to be read and processed in a timely fashion. These expectations can be made clear by how often the manager cycles through material. A standard is set by the manager for how the training material should be accessed and put to use. In turn, sales should correlate.

Relaying all of the information that an employee or partner needs to know is a difficult task. Employing the use of cloud software can only make this easier. Your training will be personalized, mobile and secure. Even better, it becomes easier to set and track goals. For good reasons, cloud technology is now a leading phenomenon for company training programs.

By Laura Lilyquist,

Laura is currently the Vice President of Marketing at LiveHive, where she is responsible for global marketing strategy, communications, and business planning.  Laura has led marketing endeavors at world-renowned companies, including most recently at Symantec, where she served as the Global Director of Emerging Business. She has also led marketing and business development groups at tech giants, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, and built teams from the ground up at numerous early-stage companies.

6 ERP System Characteristics You Don’t Want To Compromise On

6 ERP System Characteristics You Don’t Want To Compromise On

6 ERP System Characteristics

You may find yourself becoming overwhelmed with all the potential choices of ERP software available on the market. Many decision makers have purchased such software only to find out later that it was not the right fit for their specific business. Although there is a myriad of information available to aid in the ERP Systems HQ selection process, there are 8 essential qualities you should never comprise on:

1. Functionality

This is the most important characteristic of an ERP system to research. In order to know what functions your selected system is required to possess, you first need to ask yourself what areas are of most importance to you. If your ERP software is optimized for larger companies and you are a small business, you should look into a system that more represents your specific needs. Functionality is the base of a great ERP solution, while additional features are bonuses. Focus on the necessities and optional add-ons can get addressed along the way.

2. Common Platform with Wide Recognition

Choosing a commonly accepted cloud based ERP platform will ensure there is a high amount of products and support for those products available. Well recognized ERP solutions have plenty of resources available for support and implementation. By choosing a solution with many certified partners, call centers, support plans, and support teams who are familiar with related systems to choose from, you increase your likelihood of effective use. The higher the number of companies using a particular ERP solution, the more likely the software is going to stay on the market for a while. Find an ERP solution that others in your industry use comfortably and effectively.

3. Support and Stability

It is essential that the ERP software companies that you are considering come with a support guarantee; otherwise you may leave yourself vulnerable to hidden costs for necessary upgrades if the product you chose becomes obsolete. It is also important to consider how stable the software publisher is and whether they are likely to retain their position within the market, thereby continuing to provide the support you require.

4. Costs and Fees

This includes not only the initial purchasing and implementation cost, but any on-going costs you are likely to incur through the need for maintenance, upgrades, additional users, etc. While some systems may offer discounts at the time of purchase, you may find yourself facing higher costs in the future, negatively affecting your bottom line and ROI. Also, ensure the software companies you are considering have a cap on their annual fees, including support and updates.

5. Effective Data Usage

One of the distinct advantages of ERP systems is the ability to efficiently access and use your data. While most provide adequate transaction processing, it is equally important that the data can be easily accessible by decision makers. Timely and current information access ensures critical decisions can be made based upon the most recent data.

6. Fast Adoption

The ERP system you choose should be easy to adapt to for end users. It is crucial that those users become both familiar and comfortable with those functions and use. For example, because many of Microsoft Dynamics’ key features resemble Microsoft Office functions, users are usually able to adapt to it quickly.

By Aaron Louis,

Aaron is the head blogger of ERP Systems HQ. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems and has worked as an ERP Consultant. Visit ERP Systems HQ for more information.

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